Africa Unit Study

We love unit studies around here and incorporate many of them into our lesson plans. This year we are working our way through the continents and the boys choose to study the continent of Africa for their first stop around the world. This Africa unit study is easy to implement and simple to plan for.

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Africa Unit Study Objectives

I always try to come up with objectives for our unit studies and although we don’t do tests around here as a homeschool parent I’m usually fairly good at knowing their comprehension of a subject. Since the boys are still young this Africa unit study is geared more towards elementary school children. Here are the objectives I had for this level of study:

  • Be able to point to Africa on the map and identify the continents surrounding Africa
  • Know and identify at least 5 African countries
  • Gain an understanding of the physical geography of Africa
  • Be able to discuss animals native to Africa
  • To learn about the diverse cultures of Africa
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Components of a Unit Study

We don’t do a lot of book work or worksheets for our unit studies instead we do a lot of ready alouds, games and videos. I like to save the book work and worksheets for subjects like math and language arts! This unit study can be put together over a series of days or weeks. It took us about a month or two to work through the resources below and we continue to reference them as we’ve moved on to other continents to do some compare and contrast work. Remember unit studies are great ways to incorporate a lot of different subjects into one!

Books are one the biggest resources I use in my unit studies and I’ll like some of our favorites below. I like to incorporate fiction and non-fiction books in our unit studies as both bring so much to a unit study and non-fiction can just be fun and encourages a love of reading. Thankfully, I have a terrific librarian at our local library and she’s great at putting together a pile of books for me to pick up on any subject I request including this Africa Unit Study!

Movies and Videos are another big resource. I have one reader and one non-reader and I like to cover subjects using both books and movies/videos so I can reinforce concepts and ideas using multiple learning methods. One of my favorite ways to find videos is to simply create a YouTube video list using a prompt like “Africa for Kids” and compiling a short list of videos that we watch during our Documentary Lunch Time.

We love playing games around here as part of our homeschool routine! I try to find games that relate to our unit study subject and found some great ones for Africa.

Food is another great idea when studying geography or cultures plus we love to cook….and eat! I love finding recipes related to our studies or creating a themed menu to go with our unit studies. Cooking has so many benefits for kids so I’m always bringing them into the kitchen to help! I’ve included some great recipes for this Africa Unit Study.

Books

We do a lot of audio books in the car, which makes for some very peaceful drives! Here are some of our favorite chapter books for Africa Unit Study.

Don't forget to check your local library for some great picture books and there are a lot of great African folklore picture books as well.

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Where Is the Sahara Desert?
As one of the objectives of this unit study was to learn about the geographic areas in Africa, this book was a great read aloud for us!
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Who Was King Tut?
Learning about King Tut provided a little history lesson about Africa. The boys were fascinated with King Tut and we did a bit more of a deeper dive on him with additional videos. Be sure to follow those rabbit trails when the pop up!
Be sure to add King Tut to your history timeline if you have one! I have a great post on creating a history timeline if you need directions!
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Where Are the Great Pyramids? (Where Is?)
A little more history that is fascinating to kids. We loved this book as well.
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition
We read this book as part of our picture books but we also watched the movie!
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Movies

There are not a lot of movies I thought were perfect for the elementary school age group so I opted for mostly fun movies.

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Madagascar
While not as educational as I wanted, these were a fun movie night. There are 3 in the series and they are free on Disney Plus, if you have that. The boys watched all 3 of these movies and enjoyed them all. Bonus check the library as there are some books as well if you want to add a bit more reading to your unit study.
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019) P 7.6 | Biography, Drama, History
Finding a DVD for this movie is hard as it's very rare! Check our local library, however, we were able to watch it on Netflix!
Keep in mind this movie does have subtitles, which I read as the movie went as my boys can't quite read fast enough to keep up with subtitles. If you aren't familiar with this movie, please preview to make sure as it suits your children as there are some sensitive topics covered.
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Games

We love incorporating games into our unit studies. Games are a great way to learn about a subject while incorporating lessons in strategy, fair play and other life skills.

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African Stone Game – Foldable Mancala Wooden Board Game
This is such a fun game and I've been playing it for years! One of the boys picked it up quickly and was able to beat me and I'm pretty good at Mancala! Even though we finished our study of Africa, this game is still pulled out regularly!
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Ticket to Ride The Heart of Africa Board Game
We love Ticket to Ride and this expansion pack was the perfect fit for our Africa Unit Study!
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Recipes

We love to eat and we love to cook so I always look for recipes or themed foods for our unit studies! Here's a few recipes to get you started!

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African Peanut Stew.
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African Peanut Stew
I'll be honest and say I wasn't sure how this would go over with the kids or the family but it was delicious! Everyone loved it and it's actually become a regular in our menu planning now!
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Ful Medames Recipe (Stewed Fava Beans)
Egyptian breakfast staple, and one of the national dishes of Egypt! Vegan, delicious, and so easy to make.
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Baked Harissa Chicken Recipe
Experience the vibrant flavors of North Africa with this Baked Harissa Chicken Recipe, where the aromatic heat of harissa paste perfectly complements the tender, juicy chicken. This dish, effortlessly combining exotic spices and simplicity, promises a culinary adventure right from your own kitchen.
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Easy Malva Pudding Recipe – South Africa’s King of Puddings
Malva pudding is a caramelised, spongy dessert, generously soaked in a velvety, rich cream sauce. It's served with custard, whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.
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Conclusion

There are so many great resources for unit studies! This Africa Unit Study is simple and a great learning opportunity. I always use these are a launching point for deeper studies as we find thing we’re interested in. Don’t be afraid to follow your child’s interest! If you like unit studies, be sure to check out this Dinosaur Unit Study or this Skeleton Unit Study!

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